The Best Immunity Boosting Foods
Our immune systems get a workout all year. We are especially aware of this when the temperatures begin to drop and we all stay cooped up in our homes and office buildings hanging out with the flu and cold bugs. Winter months do take a toll on our immune systems. When we trade colds and bugs all season and lose productivity at the office and school. The best defense against illness is PREVENTION by maintaining a healthy diet and eat immune boosting foods year around.
While some people think dosing up on those immunity booster supplements will help steer them clear of the latest round of office illnesses, the reality is they do very little for our immunity. Instead, focus on a diet rich in immunity boosting foods.
Drink plenty of fluids. This keeps the respiratory tract moist and prevents those nasty germs from having a place to enter the body. Women need to drink about 2.7 liters of fluids a day and men need 3.7 liters a day. If you are sick, drink hot liquids like green tea, or broth.
Protein is great for your muscles and your immune system. It provides the building blocks needed for the antibodies to fight off infections. Failing to get enough can leave your systems compromised. Protein can come from meat, legumes, eggs, chicken or nuts and seeds. Be sure to eat some with every meal.
Eating plenty of fruits and veggies gives your body all the antioxidants it needs to fight off infections and keep you healthy. Antioxidants serve as the military in your body; they seek out and destroy anything that looks suspicious. It’s a good idea to eat as many fruits and veggies as you can, each one has a different nutrient profile and will broaden the types of antioxidants at work in your system. Pay particular attention to fruits and veggies rich in Vitamin C, during flu and cold season. However, if you or your kiddos are like many people and can not get enough vegetables in your diet, or are cutting calories and therefore cutting the volume of dense nutrients, I suggest Shakeology. It is dried whole food, equivalent to five plates of salad and contains a bunch of antioxidants and phytonutrients. Basically big fancy words that means natural stuff that keeps you from getting sick! I personally haven't been sick in over two years and spend a lot of time on airplanes, in the cold and in closed spaces like subways and busses.
Getting sick is not fun, and neither is wasting a PTO day because your office team keeps passing around the same bug all winter long. It's much wiser to spend money on quality foods that keep you healthy, than wasting it on cold medicines, doctor copays and loss of productivity. Make boosting your immunity a year round goal and take that day off to do something more exciting and fun.